Among the vendors at the fifth annual Building Bridges to Business Expo were (above, left to right) Charter Business Communications, Silver Sand Dollar Jewelry and Siuslaw School District. The event was held Thursday evening, Feb. 13, at the Florence Events Center. A total of 26 businesses, along with dozens of their representatives, participated in the trade show. The event is hosted by the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. Cal Applebee, executive director of the chamber, said he was pleased with the attendance, and likewise for the vendors, some of whom already have pledged to return next year. Applebee said more than a dozen prize drawings were held throughout the day, including cash prizes and gift baskets. About 150 people attended the expo, taking advantage of the unique networking opportunity.For the complete article see the 02-15-2014 issue.
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